Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Japan supports education in Tigray region

An Inauguration ceremony took place on 29 December, 2011 to mark the completion of “The Project for the Construction of the First Cycle Kidistemariam Primary School in Atsbiwenberta, Tigray”.  The project was funded by the Japanese government through its Grant in-aid-scheme for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP), amounting to 105,856 dollars and was implemented by the Tigray Development Association. Hiroyuki Kishino, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, celebrated the completion of the project together with Gobezay Weldaregay, Head of the Tigray Regional Education Bureau, President of the Tigray National Regional State, Ambassador Tewolde Gebru, Executive Director of the Tigray Development Association, local government representatives, as well as community members of Dibab-akoren village.
Improving the educational environment is a great challenge in Ethiopia, and the Atsbiwomberta Woreda is no exception. The Kidistemariam Primary School suffered for many years without the minimum standard of infrastructure and facilities necessary for the students to study and to thrive. For instance, the students used rocks as chairs and tables in dark classrooms with one small window, and the discomfort made it difficult for them to concentrate on their studies.
With this project, one block with four classrooms and another block with administration offices and a library have been newly constructed and fully furnished.  A toilet block has also been built as well as a shallow well to supply safe water for students and teachers.  As a result, the educational environment is now drastically improved.  In addition, 195 students who did not have access to school can be newly enrolled.  A total of 400 students and teachers will enjoy great benefits.
(Press Release)